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Jake Heggie (b.1961): The Radio Hour, A Choral Opera in One Act / Susan Graham, mz; David Clemensen, piano; John Alexander Singers; Pacific SO

Album Summary

>Heggie, Jake : The Radio Hour, opera in one act for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Heggie, Jake : Patterns, for mezzo-soprano & female chorus
>Heggie, Jake : I Shall Not Live in Vain, song for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Dead Man Walking
>Heggie, Jake : He will Gather Us Around, for chorus
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Initially regarded as a master composer of art songs, Jake Heggie has since become known as perhaps America's leading contemporary composer of internationally acclaimed operas. Winning examples of both genres appear on this release: the world premiere recording of a short, one-act opera, The Radio Hour - as well as four shorter vocal pieces. The Radio Hour - the world's first-ever "choral opera" - is a compact work for silent actress, with running narrative and commentary from a choir. The program is rounded out with four mostly art song-based works in varied arrangements, several with choral elements, sung by the vaunted John Alexander Singers. Susan Graham, one of America's most beloved mezzo-sopranos, is heard in three of the shorter pieces; Pacific Symphony members provide the instrumentals. "A masterpiece of clarity and intensity, with a score that is at once thematically compact and richly inventive." San Francisco Chronicle (review of Jake Heggie's opera "Moby Dick")

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Arts Center, Calif (05/20/2014); Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom C (05/20/2014); Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Arts Center, Calif (2014-11-12&2014-11-13&2014-); Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom C (2014-11-12&2014-11-13&2014-).



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>Heggie, Jake : The Radio Hour, opera in one act for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Denean Dyson (Voice); Ricardo McKillips (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Clemensen
  • Ensemble: Pacific Symphony
  • Running Time: 38 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2014

>Heggie, Jake : Patterns, for mezzo-soprano & female chorus
  • Performer: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: David Clemensen
  • Notes: Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Arts Center, California State Univeristy, Fulerton (2014-11-12&2014-11-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Heggie, Jake : I Shall Not Live in Vain, song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: David Clemensen
  • Notes: Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Arts Center, California State Univeristy, Fulerton (2014-11-12&2014-11-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Heggie, Jake : Dead Man Walking :: He Will Gather Us Around
  • Performer: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: John Alexander
  • Notes: Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Arts Center, California State Univeristy, Fulerton (2014-11-12&2014-11-13&2014-)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2000

>Heggie, Jake : He will Gather Us Around, for chorus
  • Conductor: John Alexander
  • Notes: Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Arts Center, California State Univeristy, Fulerton (2014-11-12&2014-11-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003